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Ibis: Hadeda Ibis

Unread postby francoisd » Fri Sep 22, 2006 3:37 pm

Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychia hagebash)

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Other names:
Afrikaans: Hadeda
German: Hagedasch-Ibis
French: Ibis hagedash
Portuguese: Singanga
Dutch: Hadada-ibis

This paragraph by Anthony Schneider taken from this site put a smile to my face and a laugh in my belly as I realised that he was actually talking about W@H and WTM

In Johannesburg, and on the beaches and savannas of southern Africa, it is the hadeda ibis, not the rooster, whose song, if it can be called that, announces morning. Har-har-har, he calls. Loud, raucous, guttural, the hadeda’s cacophonous call sounds like drunk men laughing. Har-har-ha-de-da.

Imagine a middle-aged man, grumpy and barrel-chested. He drinks too much, yells too often, laughs a lot but is quick to anger. Now put feathers on him and stick him in a tree. Give him avian vision, a long curved bill, and a Red Sox fan's hoarse yawp—and hello, hadeda.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:25 pm

This bird has spread westwards and is now found daily along the Elsieskraal river reserve in Pinelands, Cape Town.
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Unread postby Freda » Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:24 pm

That is cute, restio :)
They like to sit on my wall and even eat from the dog's bowl in the kitchen :shock:
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Unread postby naomi c » Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:22 am

I have a question:

Is it possible that a hadeda can take fish from a pond?

I have one that visits my pond every day - it bathes, drink water and eats any leftover fish pellets. Lots of people have told me that it will catch my fish but I find that hard to believe!?

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Unread postby saraf » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:25 pm

From what I've read they go for insects and worms, so it looks like your fish may be safe. But this is wildlife and animals and birds don't read the books.
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Unread postby MATTHYS » Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:27 am

According to answers.com they feed on
"Insects and other small invertebrates, along with small fish and reptiles."
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Unread postby naomi c » Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:44 am

Thanx Saraf and Matthys for responding.
What I would really like to know is if someone actually have seen a Hadeda catching fish.
Mine had babies - there is about 60+ of them - so I wouldn't even notice if a few of them disappear. It is just difficult for me to imagine that a Hadeda can be quick enough to grab one.

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Unread postby Nnelg Revog » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:17 am

naomi c wrote:Thanx Saraf and Matthys for responding.
What I would really like to know is if someone actually have seen a Hadeda catching fish.
Mine had babies - there is about 60+ of them - so I wouldn't even notice if a few of them disappear. It is just difficult for me to imagine that a Hadeda can be quick enough to grab one.


In my old house in Mooinooi (North west province) my stoep overlooked the neighbours overgrown green fishpond that only had noisy frogs and tadpoles in it. But are often saw Hadedas around the edge but never catching anything. there was a hammerkop that for a while had supper there every night.
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Hadeda Ibis

Unread postby Kimink » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:14 pm

I have two Hadeda (look like a couple) who have become a daily addition to my garden as they have taken to eating my dogs' biscuits. Should I be concerned as this is quite a deviation from their "normal" dietery intake.

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Re: Hadeda Ibis

Unread postby Bahamut » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:46 pm

Kimink wrote:I have two Hadeda (look like a couple) who have become a daily addition to my garden as they have taken to eating my dogs' biscuits. Should I be concerned as this is quite a deviation from their "normal" dietery intake.


No problem for them, they eat lizards, snails, insects etc. your feeding bill might see a sharp increase though :D

My vet even recommended little cat pellets to supplement the diet of some of my garden rescues.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby davejenny » Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:52 pm

Hi Basde-vos - welcome to the forum.

I think your birds are the following:

3. Hadeda Ibis

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jurgen » Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:50 am

I agree with all of them dave :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby davejenny » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:27 pm

Hi Basde_vos - I think your birds are the following:

1. Hadeda Ibis

Dave
Too far from the Kruger.... ahh memories of this trip....
Punda Maria - 3-4/11/2011
Pafuri Tented Camp - 5-6/11/2011
Shingwedzi - 7-8/11/2011
Letaba - 9/11/2011
Olifants - 10/11/2011
Satara - 11/11/2011
Skukuza - 12/11/2011
Berg-en-dal - 13-14/11/2011

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JOL » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:15 am

Hi Guys ,

I think Davejenny got it right.

Cheers

Jon


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